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Hakan Cira

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F13, T13

Further personal information

Family
Wife Esma
Residence
Trabzon, TUR
Occupation
Athlete, Manager, Student
Languages
Turkish
Higher education
Electronic Engineering - Karadeniz Technical University: Trabzon, TUR

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2015 in Trabzon, Turkey.
Why this sport?
His sister took him to a sports club for the visually impaired. He attracted the attention of national Para athletics coaches while playing at the national visually impaired futsal championships in Turkey. They then asked him to join the national Para athletics squad. "I wanted to feel free and prove to myself that I am important and independent."
Club / Team
Nilufer Belediyesi Gorme Engelliler Spor Kulubu: Turkey
Name of coach
Sedat Ozdemir [national]

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Turkey

General interest

Hobbies
Travelling, football. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the T12 100m at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His sister. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, Turkish Para athlete Eren Yildirim. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Other sports
He has played futsal at the national visually impaired championships in Turkey. (radikal.com.tr, 24 Jun 2015)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (fanatik.com.tr, 08 Jan 2019)
Impairment
His visual impairment is the result of the effects of Stargardt disease. "I have a genetic disease. My sister and cousin have it too. My sister began losing her vision at age 12 while I began losing it at age 23." (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019; takagazete.com.tr, 08 Jan 2019; radikal.com.tr, 24 Jun 2015)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
He has also studied sports and coaching at the Karadeniz Technical University in Trabzon, Turkey. He said his coach, Adem Batar, was the motivation for his choice of study. "Coach Adem is an example for me. I want to be a coach because of him. I came to life with sports, so I want to coach people who also come to life with sports." (takagazete.com.tr, 08 Jan 2019; Facebook profile, 16 Feb 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T13 Heat 1 2015-10-25 10
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T12 Heat 2 2017-07-17 7
Men's 200 m T12 Heat 2 2017-07-19 12
Men's 200 m T12 Semifinal 2 2017-07-20 11